We are just days away from work starting to transform Leiston Leisure Centre into an exciting, modern facility.
The centre will be closed to undergo a £3.5 million refurbishment with the gym facilities closing at 10pm on Thursday 30 August, and the rest of the facilities at 9pm on Friday 31 August.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “We’re really excited about work starting on Leiston Leisure Centre, which will bring state-of-the-art leisure facilities to the area.
“The work will be completed over several stages with an initial closure period of about six months needed to undertake structural work. The centre will partly reopen once the first stage is completed, and we expect the whole centre to be fully reopened in summer 2019.
“I want to thank members and the community for their support for the redevelopment so far. I understand that the closure will cause some inconvenience but the work is much-needed so we can bring the ageing facility up to the standard we require.
“We are committed to getting more people active and fit, and the Leiston redevelopment is a key part of our Business Plan to provide access to high quality, modern leisure facilities that the whole community can enjoy.”
The new leisure centre was designed with the Council’s leisure development partner, Pulse Design & Build and operators, Places Leisure, and includes a new spacious gym with modern equipment, and a new health suite by the pool area.
The plans also include a high quality village style changing area by the pool. This will be family friendly with cubicles for parent and child, separate changing areas for groups, which can also be used by the public when empty and individual changing cubicles and showers.
More fitness classes will be available with two new dance studios and a group cycling studio, which will also serve as multi-bookable rooms.
The refurbishment is part of the Council’s five year programme to improve leisure facilities for the district and encourage more people to become more active.
All current members of Leiston Leisure Centre have now been contacted by Places Leisure, regarding their membership and alternative options available to them during the closure.